Imagine: in a symphony, the harp part is replaced by kanklės, Lithuanian lumzdeliai play instead of flutes and oboes, violins and wind instruments are replaced by folk reed-pipes, and the organ playing in recitative is replaced by panpipes. The orchestra of the State Song and Dance Ensemble “Lietuva” demonstrates how unique the works of J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart and B. Britten might sound then.
The first part of the concert features the Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054, for harpsichord solo and string orchestra by J. S. Bach, a prominent Baroque genius. The harpsichord part is performed by probably the most professional Lithuanian harpsichordist dr. Balys Vaitkus, and the string part adapted for the folk instrument orchestra is the orchestra of the ensemble „Lietuva“. The first part of the concert ends with the motet “Exultate jubiliate” of the most popular composer of the next era, the classicism period W. A. Mozart, performed by Dovilė Kazonaitė (soprano).
The second part features W. A. Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D major, KV 314, performed by lumzdelis artist Rūta Raginytė. At the end of the concert, the famous XX century composer B. Britten work “Simple Symphony” is performed by the joint orchestra of the State Ensemble and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater, conducted by doc. dr. Aistė Bružaitė and doc. Egidijus Ališauskas.